September 13th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
11 months ago

Campaign confirms Palin did not go beyond Iraqi border

A Palin aide confirmed details of her foreign travel Saturday.
A Palin aide confirmed details of her foreign travel Saturday.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin did not visit troops in Iraq, a spokesperson for the Republican VP nominee confirmed Saturday, as new details emerged about the extent of the Alaska governor’s foreign travel.

In July of last year, Palin left North America for the first time to visit Alaskan troops stationed in Kuwait. Palin officials originally said her itinerary included U.S. military installations or outposts in Germany and Kuwait, and that she had visited Ireland. An Alaska spokeswoman for Palin had said Iraq was also one of the stops on that trip.

The Boston Globe reported Saturday that Palin visited the Iraqi side of a border crossing - but never journeyed past the checkpoint.

Earlier: McCain defends Palin's experience level

Earlier, campaign aides confirmed reports that Palin’s time in Ireland on that trip had actually been a re-fueling stop.

(UPDATED with campaign statement after the jump)

The Obama camp – which has increasingly accused the McCain campaign of deliberately lying in ads and on the stump – was quick to highlight to that story, along with a news report that explored whether the McCain campaign have been sending out wildly inflated crowd estimates.

The McCain team has twice pointed to law enforcement as the source for those estimates – but the same officials denied to Bloomberg News that they had provided the numbers cited by the Republican nominee’s campaign.

"The McCain campaign said Governor Palin opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, but now we know she supported it,” said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor in a statement. “They said she didn't seek earmarks, but now we know she hired a lobbyist to get millions in pork for her town and her state. They said she visited Iraq, but today we learned that she only stopped at the border. Americans are starting to wonder, is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying about?”

A Palin spokesperson also confirmed Saturday that the governor had visited Mexico on a personal vacation trip. She has also visited Canada.

UPDATE: The McCain-Palin campaign issued a statement late Saturday in which they said Palin had traveled into Iraq, although she did not go beyond the border crossing:

"Last summer, Governor Palin travelled to Kuwait where she visited Alaskan National Guard troops deployed to the war in Iraq at Camp Arifjen. While she was there she travelled to the K Crossing on the Kuwait-Iraq border, and a quarter mile into Iraq. According to the General who travelled with her, while she was there she presided over a re-enlistment ceremony of an Alaskan National Guard soldier. En route back to the United States, she travelled to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. While in Germany, Governor Palin visited wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl military hospital. She then returned home. She has also visited Canada, as well as Mexico for a vacation."


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  1. Shyla

    The McCain people are just totally shameless. Do they have an iota of decency or honesty? They are the lowest of the lowest scum. Everything they spout is nothing but lies.

    September 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Tosha-Atlanta, GA

    The American people are sick of LIES, LIES is what got us into Iraq, LIES is why gas is so high. Eight is enough!!!!

    Obama/Biden

    September 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. robert

    so many lies

    September 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Independent

    Ooops!

    September 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Buck in NC

    Lies.

    September 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. cathy

    Do they tell the truth about anything?????

    September 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. obama bin biden

    Obama and his supporters are running scared over Sarah Palin's overwhelming popularity. They try and try to point to her lack of experience, yet they don't seem to notice it on their own candidate.

    Obama is an empty suit, full of flowery speech. He is also arrogant and a wimp. Nothing that they find on Palin will even come close to Obama's long and close relationship with a racist and American-hating church.

    Yes, Palin was mayor of a tiny town. Yes, she has being governor for close to 2 years, but at least she has done it. She has an amazing 80 percent aproval rating– the highest of any governor in the US.
    What about Obama? A junior senator that voted "present" instead of "yes" or "no" numerous times??? Give me a break.... Where is his executive experience?

    CNN, Please post!

    September 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Roland

    Yet another one of the McCain campaign's lies and distortions is exposed! i can't believe the race is as close as the pols say. Maybe it really isn't...

    September 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Rich Vietnam TET 68

    Sarah Palin will be a wonderful Vice President, she has more useful experience that both Joe Biden and Barry H Obama. Sarah has inspired me to activity work for her and Sen McCain this fall. In this dangerous time, with Russia attaching Georgia and theatening Poland and the Yukraine, we need strong leadership, not a community orgainizer ( agitator).

    September 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Palin the Truth hurts.

    An Iraqui side border post? A fuel Stop? Vacation in Mexico . OMG.... :)

    Am I Right?

    According to Palin, If your raped by a geneticly Mentally Insane Attacker with Aids….You must have his child.??

    Correct me if I'm wrong…

    Please.. Wake up America.. !
    This is too Important ..!!

    Eight More Years of Bald Faced Lies???

    September 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. s.positive

    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    Liar liar pants on fire!!
    She cannot be what she isn't

    September 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Sue, MI

    That's an easy question, Tommy! No, there isn't anything that the McCain isn't currently or won't in the future lie about!

    September 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. el jefe

    I can't wait how they twist this one: "We believe Sarah Palin is ultimately qualified to not only handle foreign affairs but to thrive in solving international crises. Why, just last year, Sarah and her international team flew to Ireland and dealt with a major energy issue – within less than a matter of hours – the problem was solved and she and her team was on their way, back home – to the country she loves so dearly.

    September 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. CL

    I'm good looking too, so all I need is 90 more credits towards my BA in journalism and a smooth mouthpiece and I can get nominated for vice-president, but darn I can't lie like that or have others lie for me and know it.

    Oh c'mon America, to who much is given much is expected, don't you expect more!?!

    September 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Apoo

    Sarah Palin is a conniving, lying government bureacrat. She needs to tell us everything and stop with the empty promises.

    If she is lying about her past experience now, can you imagine what she would do if she is elected Vice President?

    Shame on you John McCain for picking a terrible person as a running mate.

    September 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Sue/PA

    How many more Lies is this country going to accept from these two??? People wake up...we have already lived 8 years of an administration lying to us all. Do we really really want 4 more years???

    WAKE UP

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. sidney from NEW YORK

    LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE AND THE MEDIA WONT CALL THEM OUT ON IT YOU HAVE TO GO TO A BLOG AND READ .

    IS IT THE GOP WE SHOULD BE MADE AT FOR THE LIE AND STATE OF YOUR COUNTRY OR THE MEDIA FOR NOT CALLING THEM OUT ON IT .

    FREE PRESS IN 08 AND OBAMA FOR PRES.

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Roger Dunkelbarger

    This is jus another in their series of lies. You just can't believe anything these people say.

    McCain and Palin say they're reformers. Who are they going to reform? Themselves?

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Mac

    Yet another example of how politicians can lie in office and/or prior to the election and still remain in office/on the ticket. Where is the oversight? I say make it illegal for anyone in/running for public office to manipulate/lie about their experiences and their opponents'. Hold everyone, Republican and Democrat accountable! And while we're at it, make it so that a President can be recalled after he/she is elected it she does something opposite of what she said leading up to his/her election, or it becomes apparent he/she will not actually follow through on the words that got him/her elected. I'm tired of people lying to prove they're ready to serve and/or then lying again/not accomplishing anything while in office.

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Not as stupid as McCain/Palin think I am

    Now that's a world traveler with some real foreign relations experience!

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Kevin in PA

    It's ironic that the McCain camp waits until the day a major hurricane hits the country to admit one of the countless lies it continues to tell. That way it will slip under the radar. But I must say I love Obama willingness to fight back tough now.

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Liar

    Sarah Palin is a SERIAL LIAR

    September 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. 80' amabO

    Lies, Lies and more Lies from the GOP

    September 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. KofTX

    Lies, lies, and MORE LIES....

    AREN'T WE TIRED OF OUR GOVERNMENT LYING TO US?!?

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. brian

    So she lied about this too? Wow, eBay-gate, troopergate, bridgegate, Iraq-gate...lies lies and oh here are some more lies.

    Vote Obama '08 unless you like getting lied to and treated like an idiot.

    September 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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